This month’s goal…creatively feed my family by utilizing one 50 pound bag of potatoes. My kids were surprised that I could buy 50 pounds of potatoes for $10.00.
I asked my kids for their favorite potato dishes, their input always helps with getting them on board with my crazy ideas.
Since I am a homeschooling mom, I have assigned them the task of calculating the cost of each meal. I started a Pinterest board for potato recipes and invited my daughter to pin any recipes she finds.
I should note that food allergies require my meals to be gluten and dairy free. I either substituted various dairy free options or selected meals that were already gluten and diary free. I tend to keep things simple and do not spend a huge amount of time on finding substitutions, so you will not find a gluten dairy free chicken and dumplings recipe in my menu.
I selected 5 meals each week, my kids would mutiny if I gave up Taco Tuesday and Sundays are left over meals. Thus choosing 5 meals gives me a weeks worth of meal planning. I tried really hard to mix up the recipes to avoid the dreaded “I will not eat another potato again.”
We ate these meals for 4 weeks, this is just not a list of things you could do…we cut the food budget and ate potatoes for 4 straight weeks.
I have another pet peeve with cooking, when recipes call for 2 tablespoons of something, or 2 cups of a 2 and ½ cup package. I tend to cook recipes where I use it all or skip it. It bugs me to waste food and I am too distracted to remember to use the open can of tomato puree from yesterday’s meal.
4 Weeks of Eating A 50 Pound Bag of Potatoes Meals
Week 1 of Eating a 50 Pound Bag of Potatoes Meals:
- Hash browns, Eggs and Pancakes
- Shepard’s Pie
- Crock Pot Baked Potatoes with broccoli and grilled chicken
- Chicken and Potato Stew
- Twice Baked Potatoes with baby carrots and applesauce
Week 2 of Eating a 50 Pound Bag of Potatoes Meals:
- Hash browns and eggs and bacon
- Pizza Potatoes with sausage
- Baked Potatoes with Chili
- German Goulash
- Seasoned Potato Wedges with Grilled Cheese and vegetable
Week 3 of Eating a 50 Pound Bag of Potatoes Meals:
- Potato Pancakes and Eggs
- Tuna Casserole
- Greek Style Chicken and Potatoes
- Sausage, Green Beans, and Potatoes
- Potato Salad with Chicken and vegetable
Week 4 of Eating a 50 Pound Bag of Potatoes Meals: Disclaimer my son went into the hospital during week 4, so this actually became week 5 of meal planning. Since he came home Christmas Eve, we were given 2 spiral hams. Thus we ate 5 days of ham and potato combinations resulting in putting my family over the edge of the potato eating frenzy.
- Ham and Mashed Potato Casserole
- Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
- Ham and Pea Soup
- Ham and Green Bean Soup
- Ham, Potato, Broccoli Soup
Here is a printable of the 4 Weeks of Potato Meals
Cost Analysis and Tips of Each Week:
Yes I rounded the prices, I did not want to get bogged down with calculating costs of butter, milk, or small items needed in some recipes. My goal was to keep each meal around $5.00.
Hash-browns, Pancakes and Eggs used 2.5 pounds of potatoes, dozen eggs. 50 cents of potatoes and free eggs because we have our own chickens. Since most of people buy eggs, add the price you pay per dozen. Pancakes prices vary but I average mine to cost $2.00 to be dairy free but not gluten free. Total: $2.50
Shepard’s Pie used 2.5 pounds of mashed potatoes at 50 cents, 1 pound of turkey burger at $2.25, 1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables at $.88, ¼ cup of Mongolian sauce at $1.00, ½ onion at 50 cents, I skipped the 2 tablespoons of beef broth and substituted water with some seasonings. Total: $5.13
Twice baked potatoes used 1 pound potatoes (my boys ate at church) at 20 cents with milk and butter. Baby carrots and applesauce. Total: $2.50
Potato Soup used 2.5 pounds potatoes at 50 cents, 1 pound of chicken breast at $1.88, 4 whole carrots at 50 cents, ½ onion at 50 cents, 1 box of chicken broth $2.00, ¼ cup of Mongolian Sauce at $1.00, olive oil. Total: $6.38
Baked Potatoes used 3.5 pounds at 70 cents, 1 pound of chicken breast at $1.88, 1 crown of broccoli for 2.00 Total: $4.58
Week 1 Total: $21.09
Hash browns, Eggs and Bacon used 2.5 pounds of potatoes at 50 cents, our eggs are free, 1 pound of turkey bacon at $2.25 Total: $2.75
Potato wedges used 2 pounds at 40 cents, grilled cheese (loaf of bread at $1.00, pound of cheese at $2.00) and baby carrots at $1.00 Total: $4.40
German Goulash used $3.50 for one pound of pork, 2 pounds of potatoes at 60 cents, 3 carrots for 50 cents, ½ onion for 50 cents Total: $5.10
Baked Potato with Chili used 2 pounds of potatoes 60 cents, 1 pound of turkey burger for $2.25, 1 can of tomatoes ready for chili for a $1.00 (my kids don’t like kidney beans so I skip them) Total: $3.85
Pizza Potatoes with Sausage used 2.5 pounds of potatoes at 70 cents, sausage at $2.00 for 1 pound (we buy frozen for cheaper price from local butcher) 1 can of pizza sauce at $1.00, ½ bag of mozzarella cheese $1.00. This was actually good, my family decided to add mozzarella cheese to the top. The pizza sauce bakes into the potatoes for a nice flavor. Total: $4.70
Week 2 Total: $20.80
Potato Pancakes and Eggs used 1.5 pounds of potatoes at 30 cents, 3 eggs, 3 tablespoons of flour at 20 cents, again we have free eggs so this meal was cheap Total: $.50
Tuna Casserole used 1 bag of peas at 88 cents, 2 cans of tuna at $1.38 , 2 pounds of potatoes at 40 cents, 1 cup of mayo at 30 cents, 1 cup of coconut milk at $1.50, 2 tablespoons of dijon mustard at 20 cents, 1/4 cup of pickles chopped at $1.00, and seasonings. I decided with this recipe to double the sauce and add the bag of peas. Recipe called for canned potatoes, I cooked mine in the crockpot baked potato style and then diced for the casserole. Total: $5.66
Greek Style Chicken used 6 chicken legs at 2.00, 2 pounds of potatoes at 40 cents, seasonings, bag of frozen green beans at 88 cents Total: $3.28
Sausage Green Beans in crockpot used 1 pound of sausage at $2.00 with 2 pounds of potatoes at 40 cents and 1 bag of frozen green beans at 88 cents Total: $3.28
Potato Salad with Chicken used 2 pounds of chicken breast at $4.20, 2 pounds of potatoes at 40 cents, and 2 eggs, 1 cup of mayo at 30 cents, mustard and other spices at 15 cents. Total: $5.05
Week 3 Total: $17.77
Week 4 Prices are skewed due to free ham
Ham and Mashed Potato Casserole used 2 pounds of potatoes 40 cents, 1 pound of ham for free, 1 cup of chex mix at 50 cents, 1 bag of dairy free cheese at $3.49, 1 box of rice milk at 1.99 and 1/2 cup of vegan butter at 25 cents. I decided to try a dairy free cheese, which I do not normally buy. Total: $6.63
Scalloped Potatoes and Ham used 2 pounds of potatoes at 40 cents, 1 pound of ham for free, 1/2 box of rice milk for $1.00, 1/4 cup of gluten free flour at 70 cents, I skipped the onion and served green beans on the side at 88 cents. Total: $2.98
Ham and Pea Soup used 2 pounds of potatoes at 40 cents, 1 bag of peas at 88 cents, 1 onion at 1.00, 2 carrots at 20 cents, I skipped the celery and broth. Total: $2.48
Ham and Green Bean Soup used 2 pounds of potatoes at 40 cents, 1 pound of ham for free, bag of frozen green beans at 88 cents. Total:$1.28
Ham, Potato and Broccoli Soup used 2 pounds of potatoes at 40 cents, 1 pound of ham for free, 1 bag of frozen broccoli at 88 cents, 1 can whole peeled tomatoes at 1.99, 1 can of chicken broth at $1.88 This recipe I created on what was left in my house from no grocery shopping. Total $5.15
Week 4 Total:$18.52
Summary of Eating a 50 Pound Bag of Potatoes for 4 weeks:
If you are adding up my pounds, we had 3 pounds left over to make the most voted favorite meal…Potato Pancakes and Eggs was served again. Also about 4 pounds of potatoes were lost to being rotten.
Most amazing my family was impressed that there were not sick of eating potatoes since the variety of the recipes helped change things up.
We found a few new family favorites. The most amazing thing, baked potatoes in the crock pot. We loved them and my busy schedule loved it.
We cut our grocery bill by about $25.00 week and saved about $100 from our normal spending.
My children felt part of my team and helped us save money to pay off our current medical bills.
We might even do this again! Although minus the week of ham and potatoes.